Only God knows why he sometimes answers these prayers in the moment and other times, like with the Hebrews’ enslavement in Egypt, or blacks’ enslavement in the United States, it takes centuries. But the psalmist rests in the truth that God is King for ever and ever and that these wicked nations will perish from the land. God is more powerful than the wicked nations who oppress and enslave and exploit. He was more powerful than Egypt, Assyria, Babylon, Persia, and Rome. And he’s certainly more powerful than the United States and the rest of today’s world powers.
I live in a poor neighborhood. A lot of people smoke marijuana in my neighborhood. By “a lot” I mean I can smell it pretty much whenever I’m out for a walk, and I often see it being smoked openly at the park where I play basketball. Smoked, rolled, dealt, etc. Everyone I know who […]
Quick, what’s your take on immigration? Well that depends if you’re a Republican or a Democrat. What’s your take on abortion? Again, it depends on if you sport the elephant or the donkey. On helping the poor. On Syrian refugees. On systemic racism. Even on sexuality. Of these many hot button issues, where do you […]
Let the Scriptures speak… What trend do you see? Is it the same trend or a different trend than you see in America? In the American Church? Matthew (Jesus, Mary and Joseph were immigrants / refugees) Matt. 2:13-15 When they had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. […]
How to Live a Purposeful, Not-Boring Life: Don’t spend all your money on yourself, your kids and your grandkids. If you tithe / give to your church, don’t act like the rest of your 90% is meant for you to hoard. Like it’s all yours because you earned it. (Where did this mindset ever come from?) Make […]
In preparation for the Feb. 21-22 Justice Conference venue in Lansing (which you should register for here!), I have been really struck by the vast quantity of the Bible that teaches about caring for the poor and oppressed. It’s amazing to me how silent many churches are on this issue, but then at the same […]